SchoolArts Magazine

MAY-JUN 2013

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Top left: Hector Hernandez. Bottom left: Ricardo Robles. Top right Briseida Hernandez Trejo. Bottom right: Angel Baxcajay-Perez Learning to Love Drawing I believe that learning how to draw from observation is important for young students, and it is something that can be taught. Of course, not all students will grow up to pursue art, but the ability to really see is important for everyone. Drawing is observing and reflecting on the world. It is important to teach this skill in school because although some students draw from observation at home, the drawing secrets give them specific ways to practice. On the other hand, many of my students who did an amazing job in class told me that they Not all students will grow up to pursue art, but the ability to really see is important for everyone. don't draw much at home, leading me to think this lesson gives students an opportunity to realize that they can actuallydraw! I recently met up with someone I knew in elementary school twenty yearsago.Hesaidheactuallyremembered seeing me "air tracing" in school, but of course he didn't know what I was doing at the time. It's funny that now it is a part of my art curriculum. Michelle Savran recently graduated with a master's degree in art education from the University of Florida. She teaches art in an elementary school in Clearwater, Florida. savranm@pcsb.org Taking the Secrets Outside I teach this lesson in the spring when we have beautiful weather in Florida. In the class following our initial drawing lesson, we review the drawing secrets, then take our drawing paper, clipboards, and pencils outside to draw en plein air. Students are allowed to draw anything that looks interesting to them, as long as they draw from observation. To complete the unit, I have students fill out a self-reflection survey. NatioNal StaNdard Students explore and understand prospective content for works of art. Web liNk vimeo.com/artclasswithmss schoolartsonline.com 23

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